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Albany Post 30 is two-and-done, too

Photo by John Millikan

Photo by John Millikan

ALBANY -- The Albany American Legion Post 30 baseball team saw its summer season come to a quicker halt than it would have liked.

Post 30 fell 8-7 to Logansville Post 233 on Saturday in an elimination game in the Georgia American Legion State Baseball tournament at Darton College, sending Albany 30 home for the summer.

Post 30 entered the game one loss away from elimination after surrendering 18 runs in the final three innings to Rockdale Post 77 on Friday in a 19-2 defeat in first-round play.

Saturday's contest appeared headed in Post 30's favor early.

After taking a 2-0 lead with the help of four walks in the top of the first, Post 30 sat comfortably through a low-scoring affair until the top of the fourth. Tanner Stone scored on a wild pitch, Justin Walker knocked in a run, and Post 30 earned two more runs on walks to open a 6-1 advantage.

Unfortunately for Post 30, Logansville's bats went to work in the fourth as well.

Post 233 rapped out a pair of two-run doubles in the bottom of the inning to grab a 7-6 lead.

"We feel we played good," Stone said. "We went back and forth, but that's a good team. We just didn't get a couple of hits in key situations."

One instance in which Post 30 did get a key hit came the very next inning. Dylan Gay hit a one-out single to drive in the tying run.

However, Post 233 took advantage of a favorable base-running situation in the bottom of the sixth and nabbed the game-winner on a force-out at first.

"A couple of tournaments we were kind of rocky, but I feel like towards the end we really brought it together," Stone said. "I think we felt good going out. We didn't want it to end so soon, but I felt like we finished up strong."